Light Piping - Thoughts and Poll

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by Orion2703, Jan 11, 2017.

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How do you feel about light piping?

  1. Hate it and avoid figures with it!

    6.9%
  2. Its antiquated and I paint over it/mod it

    17.8%
  3. Don't like it but leave it

    29.7%
  4. Indifferent to it

    14.9%
  5. Its OK I guess

    17.8%
  6. Love it! It should be on all figures!

    12.9%
  1. Orion2703

    Orion2703 Ultimate Hunter

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    Since I'm now 4 deep into the TFC Seacons, all of whom come with light piping eyes its got me thinking about what role this feature has and how people feel about it.

    Now in theory its a good idea, you use a transparent plastic for the eyes that continues back to the head/other light well and light passes through it and the figure comes to life. In practice this is often not the case, as unless you have a direct light source behind the figure the eyes don't have any light, or life and its dead eyes all round.

    I've gone from being indifferent when I first started collecting to thinking its antiquated and no longer has a place, and have started to paint over them.

    For anyone new to the boards there are examples below;
    Left is stock light piping
    Middle is a single paint (mix of metallic blue/chrome silver)
    Right is layered paint (semi gloss black/chrome silver/clear red)

    The latter is my latest effort and leaves an almost chrome finish, in hand it add loads of character and its what i'll be using going forward.

    [​IMG]

    I'm really interested to hear what other people think of this.
     
  2. pezley

    pezley Well-Known Member

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    Not a fan. As you said, OK when light is on them but eyes look dead when there is no heavy light source
     
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  3. zfarsh

    zfarsh Big Penguin Chief

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    I dont like it, because many times i dont have the light needed. I try to paint over it in some cases, and other cases leave it.
     
  4. deathsheadII

    deathsheadII Not a Bounty Hunter yes?

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    hate it and avoid most figures with a big chunk of clear plastic at the back of their noggin... can't be avoided on some figure's tho ie: mp shockwave
     
  5. AnegefalosGR

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    I don't like it unless it's absolutely stunning like Planet X Vulcun. Most of the time it looks dead without adequate light present, and some do look dead unless you put a lightsource directly behind them.
     
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    I typically don't hate the way lightpiping looks when it actually has light going through it, but it's so rare that on a shelf it gets the right light. Because of that and how dead they look unlit, I prefer painted eyes. Fortunately it's usually pretty easy to paint the lightpiping.
     
  7. Megatronus27

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    On cheap, widely distributed toys Im fine w it. OPs pics do an excellent job showing paint is typically a better solution over all tho.

    On 3P figs, they should definitely keep to paint. On anything on the high end of figures (MP) they should absolutely stick w paint.
     
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  8. mikeszekely

    mikeszekely Not Pessimus Prime

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    Takara MP-10 vs Hasbro MP-10. I rest my case.
     
  9. Orion2703

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    I have the Takara one..........his eyes were painted long ago.
     
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    Its fine for main lines but has no place on MP and 3rd party stuff.
     
  11. David Hingtgen

    David Hingtgen Chromaticon

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    MMC Leo Dux has about the best painted eyes I've seen.
     
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    GR1ML0CK Dinobot Commander

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    Looks great with staged photos tho
     
  13. Kuma Style

    Kuma Style I'm boney. I'm boney; Leave me aloney! TFW2005 Supporter

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    I'm split. I really like light piping but hate when companies don't leave a clear section on the back of the head to let light through. Since that seems to be the case the majority of the time now, I'd rather just see painted eyes.
     
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    I hate lightpiping and always paint over it. It was fun on G2 figures, but stands out in a terrible way on modern figures.
     
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    I hate light piping. The vast majority of the time, the lighting isn't such that you get the most out of it. It looks really nice in the latter pic, but you practically have a light bulb in his head for that shot, and that never happens on a shelf.

    As a side note, I've always thought just to be fair, the comparison shots could use another pic with an outside light shining on the painted guys too. The light piped guy gets that, so why not the others?
     
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    I hate it. I'll usually take things into my own hands and paint over it. I did that with my MP Shockwave:

    [​IMG]

    Thankfully, it's usually seen on lower end figures, like Hasbro CHUGs, which I'm not into, so it doesn't affect me much.
     
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  17. Orion2703

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    I did try a couple of shots on the painted ones but I was using a tiny led light and the results looked very unnatural so decided not to bother with them in the end.
     
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    I'm not a fan of light piping at all, especially since it usually leaves half a head unpainted and transparent, and much prefer eyes to be painted.
     
  19. Vanessa

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    There are a few figures where it works really well, and seems to catch the available light in most situations, like CHUG Cyclonus, I love his lightpiping.
    But there are many figures where there's a panel/backpack behind the head and so it completely screws any light effect even in bright light.
     
  20. Pitt

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    Yeah, that would have looked weird.